Central invoicing & Open Access: invisible payments

Central invoicing & its influence on Open Access and new Central Invoicing in Open AccessOpen Access agreements in Sweden: The Swedish library consortium has met agreements with SpringerNature and Oxford University Press: Any fees for Open Accees publishing will be paid centrally by the institution of the corresponding author instead of the authors themselves.  The agreement covers also publications in Springer imprints BioMed Central (BMC), Springer Open Journals, NatureReseach (including Nature Communications and Scientific Reports) and Palgrave Macmillan. The deal with Oxford University Press covers 313 of the publisher’s about 350 journals. Both agreements are active until the end of 2021. Surprisingly, these agreements do not seem to be „read & publish“ contracts that focus on an Open Access transformation, such as SpringerNature has met in the UK, for example. Obviously, this is all about central invoicing.

However, central invoicing also has an influence on the perception of Open Access. In the early days of Gold Open Access, it was often emphasised in its favour that Open Access publication fees would make scientists aware of the costs of publishing and Open Access. Gold Open Access loses this characteristic through central invoicing, because the invisibility of payments, as it is known in the subscription business, is now being transferred to Open Access. The consequence is likely to be that scientists now question prices in Gold Open Access as little as they do in the subscription business.

Read more about the Open Access agreements in Sweden on the website of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


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Graduate sociologist, information scientist (PhD degree), working for the Saarland University and State Library (Germany), owner of the consulting agency scidecode, journalist.
ORCID: 0000-0002-3500-3119
Ulrich Herb
Central invoicing & Open Access: invisible payments

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